Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ty Segall Melted

Here it is. Ty Segall has officially raised the bar on Frisco noise-pop with Melted, an album that balances concise hooks with blown-speaker fidelity, achieving lo-fi perfection. The album maintains the primitive, psychedelic dirge qualities that keep him tied to his peers Thee Oh Sees, Nobunny, the Fresh & Onlys, etc. But as the first falsetto coo and broken, acoustic jangle of “Finger” explodes with a squelch and a distorted smash, it’s clear that he means business like never before. “Girlfriend” carries the first signs of carefree, melodic brilliance made all the more compelling by layers of jagged white noise. The upward trajectory continues into the melancholy of “Sad Fuzz,” before diving headlong into the doom-pop riffs of the title track. “Bees” degenerates into an annoying warble about drugs, but in the context of so many great songs, it’s forgivable. With its cycle of swelling, heart-pounding melodies and discordance, “Imaginary Person” seals the deal, making Melted the album that this whole scene has strived to create. (Goner Records) 5 out of 5 stars.

"Girlfriend" mp3
"Sad Fuzz" mp3

This review originally appeared on Creative Loafing's Crib Notes music blog.

Monday, May 24, 2010

David Cross' Bigger and Blackerer is out today!

MP3 of I Can’t Get Beer in Me

Attention freedom haters! David Cross' latest CD, Bigger and Blackerer is out today (5/25) via Sub Pop.

So, you watched the video pasted above, and even listened to the mp3 about the ridiculousness of beer cans that change color when they're cold, and now you're thinking "Meh... I used to watch Mr. Show... I even stayed up late one night watching that Alvin and the Chipmunks movie just because he was in it. But do I really need another comedy CD adding more clutter to my mundane life?"

Yes you do. You need this CD because David Cross has an unmatched ability to express everything that you hate about living alongside other Americans, and he does so in a far more eloquent way than you could ever hope to pull off. ...and he's offensive too! He makes fun of pretty much everything you have ever been told to keep quiet about, and he goes there without apology, and without restraint. Amen.